Tips from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals on how to protect yourself from the West Nile Virus:
People are at risk of contracting West Nile through mosquito bites regardless of whether a death or human case has been detected in their parishes. Although mosquito control partners and abatement districts remain vigilant in keeping the mosquito population under control, everyone has a personal responsibility to prevent West Nile infection by avoiding mosquito bites.
- If you will be outside, you should wear a mosquito repellent containing DEET. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that repellents should contain no more than 30% DEET when used on children. Insect repellents also are not recommended for children younger than 2 months. CDC recommends that you always follow the recommendations appearing on the product label when using repellent.
- Apply repellent on exposed skin and clothing. Do not apply under your clothes or on broken skin.
- To apply repellent to your face, spray on your hands and then rub on your face.
- Adults should always apply repellent to children.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors for long periods of time.
- Avoid perfumes and colognes when outdoors for extended periods of time.
- Make sure that your house has tight-fitting windows and doors, and that all screens are free of holes.
Mosquito Population Control